Lessons from Andy Warhol

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Since we are celebrating the life and work of renowned artist Andy Warhol, it is only proper for us to bring you some words of wisdom from the Pop art icon himself: quotes, that through the years, have given us a glimpse of his view on life, relationships, art, and many other things. Read on and see if Warhol's words do inspire you!

There are many facets to the influential and visionary artist that was Andy Warhol — he was a painter, a graphic designer, a photographer, and a filmmaker. He was also a very interesting and conflicting individual: he was outspoken and outgoing, but also “introverted” and “shy” according to his friends. He also once said that to know everything about him, we just have to take his art and himself at face value, but there’s certainly still much to learn about the iconic artist through his own views on life, people, art, photography, and many other things.

On Life

Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.

In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.

Your own life, while it’s happening to you, never has any atmosphere until it’s a memory.

Warhol with Mick Jagger. Photo via Who Killed Bambi

On People


But I always say, one’s company, two’s a crowd, and three’s a party.

Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.

When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.”

People’s fantasies are what give them problems. If you didn’t have fantasies you wouldn’t have problems because you’d just take whatever was there.

Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, So what. That’s one of my favorite things to say. So what.

During the 1960s, I think, people forgot what emotions were supposed to be. And I don’t think they’ve ever remembered.

Andy Warhol liked taking photos of his friends and models using Polaroid cameras and compact cameras, like the Minox EL he holds in this snapshot. Photo via Madison.com

On Pictures

The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.

My idea of a good picture is one that’s in focus and of a famous person.

A picture means I know where I was every minute. That’s why I take pictures. It’s a visual diary.

Warhol in his famous Silver Factory, where he creates his Pop art masterpieces and hosts get-togethers with his Superstars and other friends. Photos via Ever Heard of London on Blogspot, Dear Dear Chicago on Wordpress, and beryll.com

On Art

Art is what you can get away with.

You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those are the only good things.

An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he – for some reason – thinks it would be a good idea to give them.

Most people in America think Art is a man’s name.

Once you ‘got’ Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again.

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

If you liked this article, you might want to check out more Andy Warhol articles on the Magazine or the Lessons from Photography Masters series!

All information for this article were sourced from AndyWarhol.net, Brainy Quote, Andy Warhol Quotes, and Good Reads.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2013-02-20 in #lifestyle

2 Comments

  1. mafiosa
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  2. timbolionfilm
    timbolionfilm ·

    Lovely article! I myself have a Minox 35 EL and GL. Sadly, both are so prone to breaking that I can only get about 16 shots before they break down again :(

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